How to Change What AirPods Pro Stems Do When Squeezed

Dec 27, 2019 - 4 Comments

AirPods Pro settings

When Apple released AirPods Pro it changed the way they are controlled compared to standard AirPods. Whereas tap controls of the earbuds handled playback controls and Siri of AirPods, AirPods Pro now have a squeeze gesture.

This new gesture can be used to either toggle active noise cancellation (ANC) and transparency modes, or invoke Siri – the choice is yours.

Whether you want Siri to be activated or have the ability to switch between noise control modes is something only you can decide. You can alter the behavior of both earbuds individually, however, so you can easily choose which works best for your AirPods Pro.

How to Customize AirPods Pro Controls

You’ll obviously need AirPods Pro synced and paired to your device before you can proceed.

  1. Open the Settings app on the AirPods Pro synced iPhone or iPad
  2. Tap “Bluetooth.”
  3. Locate your AirPods Pro and then tap the “i” icon beside it.
  4. Tap either “Left” or “Right” depending on which AirPods Pro earbud you want to change the behavior of.
  5. Tap either “Noise Control” or “Siri” at the top of the screen. If you select Siri, we’re done. If not, forge on!
  6. Now you can select which ANC modes will be cycled through when you squeeze the earbud. “Noise Cancellation” and “Transparency” are selected by default, but if you want to be able to disable both then select “Off” as well.
  7. AirPods Pro noise cancellation settings

Simply close the Settings app once you’re done and test your work by giving the AirPods Pro a quick squeeze.

Customize Which AirPods Pro Earbud Acts As a Microphone

Did you know that you can also select which AirPods Pro earbuds acts as the microphone all the time? Well, you can. But, it may be a good idea to let the AirPods Pro handle it for themselves instead.

To customize which AirPods Pro Earbud acts like a microphone, follow the steps outlined above and at step 3 select “Microphone.” Now tap which earbud you’d like to have be the microphone during use.

Again, “Automatically Switch AirPods” would be our recommendation, but if you want to change the microphone to be a particular earbud that is your decision.

Tap the earbud you'd like to act as AirPods Pro microphone

We have a ton more AirPods and AirPods Pro guides so be sure to learn everything you need to know before embarking on your new wireless audio adventure.


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Posted by: Oliver Haslam in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Genius Lee says:

    Only dinosaurs say it’s dangerous on ANC. Dumb people who cannot move forward in life !

  2. Devil says:

    Wake up and stop being a dinosaur…geez..the features can be on or off.

  3. no way says:

    Noise cancellation is not only very bad for your hearing but dangerous, leave this feature off at all times.

    • Grogon says:

      According to who? AirPods Pro are a consumer product there is no way there would be something bad about them. Why is noise cancellation bad for your hearing and dangerous?

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